National Open University Of Nigeria To Graduate 65 Prison Inmates
At least 65 prison inmates would be graduating from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) this year, the Vice Chancellor (VC) of the varsity, Prof. Olufemi Peters, revealed.
According to Peters, the inmates who are from different correctional centres in the country would be graduating alongside others during the institution’s forthcoming convocation.
While confirming that the total number of the next set of graduating students at the institution is 28,740, the VC noted that 58 of the inmates among them are undergraduates and seven postgraduates.
Peters noted that the inmates are studying at no cost as the university offers them scholarships as part of its social responsibility and provides them with the opportunity to make a living for themselves after serving their terms.
In his speech at NOUN’s 12th pre-convocation briefing in Abuja yesterday, Peters said six students would be awarded First Class; 2,306, Second Class Upper; 11,075, Second Class Lower and 5,558. Third Class.
He said the convocation would take place simultaneously at the 114 study centres of the varsity across the country to get students and parents to participate from the centres close to them.
He said NOUN was working on a new proposal for the National Youths Service Corps with the “hope it will be more receptive and bring in some of the students into NYSC.”